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Pittsburgh sports talk with the Trib columnist

Wakeup Call: Pirates do, indeed, make history

Some sporting thoughts before sunrise …

>> My Friday column is built on one small bit of research that the Elias Sports Bureau did at my request. I wondered how the Pirates’ free fall after 100 games compared to other teams that were in first place at that point and … well, go click to find out.

Suffice it to say that the Pirates have found a way, somehow, even after all that excitement, to be the Pirates again. And that’s too bad.

Not sure how many of you are planning to be at PNC tonight, but I am. One last time for me. Tomorrow brings the drive to Indy for Steelers-Colts.

>> Bryant McFadden won’t be the starting corner Sunday in Indianapolis. That will be William Gay. The Steelers say McFadden’s lesser role is because he is limited by injury. The film would suggest it’s because he is limited by his ability to cover wide receivers.

>> Where are all the Jordan Staal bashers this morning?

>> Tino Sunseri will not last three full quarters against the Irish.

(And the Steelers will blow out the Ravens, and the Pirates eventually will hit. Take it for what it’s worth, nothing more.)

>> Happy to see Hopewell’s Rushel Shell on the verge of breaking the WPIAL rushing record, maybe as soon as tonight. I admire the fact that the WPIAL doesn’t distinguish its record-holders by classification, but having that record belong to Mike Vernillo of tiny Fort Cherry since 1999 … well, I don’t want to take anything away from anyone, but Shell is doing it within the context of a far better brand of football in Class AAA. And he’s looking every bit the legit prospect, if you check the schools recruiting him.

>> This is the transcript of yesterday’s chat. Thanks to all who filled the room.

>> Before I go to PNC tonight, I’ll be driving out to Southpointe for the Penguins’ practice. If you see someone looking really groggy at that ungodly hour of the day, holding his Starbucks cup as if it contained liquid gold, stop over and say hello.

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